aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Definition of aggressive

1a : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
b : marked by combative readiness an aggressive fighter
2a : marked by obtrusive energy and self-assertiveness a rude, aggressive personality
b : marked by driving forceful energy or initiative : enterprising an aggressive salesman
3 : strong or emphatic in effect or intent aggressive colors aggressive flavors
4 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
5 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌa-​ˌgre-​ˈsi-​və-​tē How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for aggressive

aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends. aggressive in his business dealings militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle. militant protesters rallied against the new law assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion. the more assertive speakers dominated the forum self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence. a self-assertive young upstart

Examples of aggressive in a Sentence

He started to get aggressive and began to shout. an aggressive lawyer whose tactics have made people angry The team plays a very aggressive style of defense. The company took aggressive steps to prevent illegal use of their equipment. The publisher has been very aggressive in promoting the book. The city began an aggressive campaign to encourage recycling. an aggressive form of cancer See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Musk team has been aggressive in pushing for broad information from Twitter, including a range of employee communications and data related to spam and fake accounts. Erin Mulvaney, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2022 Jim Knowles wants to be aggressive in his play-calling, which means linebackers will be consistently coming on blitzes. Stephen Means, cleveland, 24 Sep. 2022 At the same time on Sunday, WXYZ reported the bulldog's owner said the pet had never been aggressive and questioned why the officer reached for his weapon instead of using mace, a taser or something nonlethal to protect himself. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, 19 Sep. 2022 Males can be aggressive and fight using their short upper limbs to grapple with their opponent and lash out with both their powerful clawed hind legs. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2022 The Review-Journal, Cook says, has been aggressive in responding to the security concerns of its journalists — from arranging for security, walking staffers to and from their cars, and moving their parking spaces to seeking restraining orders. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022 Copperheads are not known to be aggressive, not attacking unless they are stepped on or otherwise provoked, the department says. Moira Ritter The Charlotte Observer (tns), al, 12 Sep. 2022 The atmosphere was aggressive, but the air smelled of buttered pastries and universal health care. Ali Fitzgerald, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2022 As Turner becomes more comfortable in the offense, Charlton will have more flexibility to be aggressive and throw the ball down the field but for now, the run game has worked. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of aggressive

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aggressive

borrowed from New Latin aggressīvus, from Latin aggressus, past participle of aggredī "to step up to, approach, attack" + -īvus -ive — more at aggress

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“Aggressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aggressive. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for aggressive

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of aggressive

1 : showing a readiness to fight or argue an aggressive dog aggressive behavior
2 : engaging in hostile action without reasonable cause an aggressive nation
3 : being forceful in getting things done an overly aggressive salesperson

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgres-iv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Medical Definition of aggressive

1 : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
2 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
3 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy aggressive surgical intervention — compare conservative

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌag-​ˌre-​ˈsiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \ noun, plural aggressivities

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